Young Artists Development Program

The Calgary Pro Musica Young Artists Development Program (YADP) is intended to discover, nurture and promote young Calgary musicians.

The resources of Calgary Pro Musica (CPM) allow us to offer unique opportunities in individual instruction, performance and career development for emerging musicians in Calgary.

2021-2022 Participants
Joseph Liang, violin
Nikolai Nesterov, piano
Dakota Perez, piano

Calgary Pro Musica announces their new Musical Body Break project.

The Musical Body Break  project is a series of twelve 3-5-minute “Musical Body Break” videos. These videos will incorporate motion with the live-recorded music by the Young Artist Development Program (YADP) participants. Each video illustrates a musical concept and is targeted to children 12 and under.

Click here for more information on the YADP Musical Body Break Project

2021-22 Program – Deadline June 21, 2021

2021-22 Young Artists Development Program Overview

2021-22 Young Artists Development Program Application

We are looking for players with outstanding talent and a serious commitment to developing themselves as well-rounded musicians.

Participants in the Program receive:

  • exclusive instruction from the prestigious CPM visiting artists,
  • be presented in a fully sponsored and publicized CPM concert,
  • prepare and perform a series of school concerts with CPM Artistic Director and
  • receive valuable career development instruction
  • scholarship support to the winning individuals or pre-formed ensemble. Scholarships will be used to fund the student’s regular individual instruction.

Depending upon the audition results, there will be 2 to 6 students in the program per season.

Education Advisor

Samantha Whelan Kotkas

Samantha Whelan Kotkas M. Music, B. Music

Born in Canada, raised in Africa and educated in Calgary and Houston,Samantha has been praised for creating truly unique and totally engagingmusical experiences. She currently lives in Calgary and is the second trumpetplayer in the Red Deer Symphony.

As a Teaching Musician for the National Arts Centre of Canada she has performed her trumpet for over 3000 students a year since 2005. In September 2010 Samantha was appointed the position of education advisor for the Calgary Pro Musica society, one of the leading chamber music presenters in Canada.

In February 2010 Samantha joined George Zukerman and Daniel Bolshoy in Nunavut, Canada for an exciting tour of the North. She joined George Zukerman again in April 2011 for a tour of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Her high energy and fun filled performances have made her a crowd favorite for small and large audiences alike.

If you would like to know more about Samantha Whelan Kotkas please visit her website at Storyfair.